Unique Latino American Philosophy

Thus Always to Tyrannis

(2) Our second focal point is based in our efforts at positioning ourselves for identifying and developing a uniquely Latin American philosophy. In this context, we have been provided with the tools that are a necessary for our quest for liberation from colonial control and domination. While Bondy initiated the question of moving away from  our  colonizer’s  control  and  domination  through  decolonialization,  the  work  of Martín Baró in the Psychology of Liberation provides specific courses of action for the process of decolonializing Latin American consciousness. Further, in the work of Enrique Dussel and his Philosophy of Liberation project, we are provided with a mechanism by which  Latin  American  scholars  have  been  able  to  undertake  the  production  of  an authentic Latin American voice for our decolonializing efforts by restoring our own historical memory and identity.

As a trained psychologist, Baró turned the concerns and aspirations of Salazar Bondy into actionable mandates. The focal point of Baró’s concern centered on his understanding of psychology and his grasp of the social, political and economic mechanisms of domination and oppression operating in the colonial institutions under which Latin Americans live. If we stop to fully consider the focus of Baró’s efforts, it is no wonder why Bondy had to conclude that there cannot be a Latin American philosophy until such time as we can all become decolonialized. That is, imagine what he must have pictured in his own mind regarding someone that is not fully decolonialized wanting to write Latin American philosophy. Such an attempt would be an affront to Latin American society. It was, therefore, imperative for Baró to devise a framework under which Latin American psychologists and educators could begin the task of working towards decolonialization.